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 Professor Najma Akhtar was appointed as the first woman vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, making her the first woman to hold the charge. Akhtar is the head of the Department of Training and Capacity Building in Education at the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration in New Delhi. She has been appointed Jamia vice chancellor for five years.
Source: Hindustan Times

  Bibhu Kalyan Nayak became the first Indian to be appointed Chair of International Hockey Federation (FIH) Health and Safety Committee by the world governing body. A native of Bhubaneswar, Nayak has extensively trained in Sports Traumatology and Sports and Exercise Physiology from National Institute of Sports Medicine at Havana, Cuba & National Sports Centre at Madrid, Spain. He will serve a two-year term.
Source: Business Standards

  Dr. A K Singh, director at Life Sciences, DRDO has been honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 during 4th APJ Abdul Kalam Innovation Conclave at Chandigarh University, Mohali. He has made notable contributions in Internal Decorporation of Fission Produced Radionuclides and Infection Imaging. To detect the infectious lesion, he discovered a “Diagnobact” Kit and also introduced Pharmacosyntigraphy.
Source: Indian Express

  An image of a little girl crying, as she and her mother have been taken into custody by US border officials in Texas won the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year. Veteran Getty photographer John Moore took the picture in the Rio Grande Valley in June 2018. Dutch-Swedish photographer Pieter Ten Hoopen won the “World Press Photo Story of the Year Award” for the image of 2018 mass-migrant caravan to the US border.
Source: CNN

  UAE is set to host the world’s foremost Artificial Intelligence (AI) Summit to empower global dialogue on the future of government, business and society. The inaugural ‘AI Everything’, AIE will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre. It will be hosted by the UAE National Programme for Artificial Intelligence, with the support of International Telecommunication Union, ITU, and the World Intellectual Property Organisation, WIPO, and in strategic partnership with Smart Dubai.
Source- AIR World Service

  The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have joined hands to map, validate and protect smaller wetlands in coastal regions. The programme is aimed at restoring them through coastal livelihood programmes. The MoU was signed between the CMFRI and the Space Applications Centre of ISRO to develop a mobile app and a centralised web portal that will have a comprehensive database of wetlands that are smaller than 2.25 hectares in the country.
Source- The Hindu Business Line

 The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the following set of approvals.  The important Cabinet Approvals are given as follows:
The Cabinet:
  • Approves MoU between India and Bolivia on Cooperation in the field of Geology and Mineral Resources.
  • Approves MoU between India and Cambodia on Cooperation in the field of Communications.
  • Approves MoU between India and Bolivia on Cooperation in the Field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy.
  • Approves creation of one post of Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General in the office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
  • Approves Cooperation Agreement between India and Denmark in the field of Renewable Energy with focus on Offshore Wind Energy.
  • Apprised about MoU between India and Republic of Korea in issuing jointly Postage Stamp.
  • Approves Continuation of Phase 4 of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV).
  • Apprised about MoU between India and Brazil in the area of Biotechnology.
  • Source- PIB

      Ethiopian athletes Gelete Burka (women’s race) and Abrha Milaw (men’s race) won the 43rd edition of the Paris Marathon. They led a record 60,000 participants to the finish line through the French capital. Milaw won the men’s race with a time of 2 hours: 07 minutes and: 50 seconds. Burka was the fastest woman with 2 hours: 22 minutes and: 48 seconds.
    Source: News on AIR

      Famous Golfer Tiger Woods completed one of the sport’s great all-time comebacks to end an 11-year major title drought at the Masters by claiming a fifth Green Jacket.  A gritty two-under 70 clinched a one-shot victory over Dustin Johnson, Brooks Keopka and Xander Schauffele. It is Wood’s 15th major title. The victory also marked the first time Woods had reached the winner’s circle at major without leading after 54 holes.
    Source- DD News

     PayU, Digital payments security and payment facilitator has acquired Wibmo, a US-based financial technology firm for USD 70 million (about Rs 484 crore) to assist the company scale-up its business. Under the agreement, PayU and Wibmo businesses will continue to run separately. Wibmo will continue to operate and serve all of its clients as a wholly-owned subsidiary of PayU.
    Source: Business Today



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